- WSDOT is preparing to start environmental work on this and two other projects in the Kelso area.
- These studies will evaluate potential impacts from these improvements on the surrounding environment and explore ways to minimze or avoid those impacts.
Why is WSDOT
applying federal high speed rail funds to build a new siding track in the Kalama rail yard?
This project will upgrade approximately 3.8 miles of railroad siding track near the Port of Kalama.
New and upgraded siding track will allow freight trains to move on and off the main line tracks at higher speeds - resulting in fewer delays to Amtrak Cascades passenger trains.
The End Result
Reduced congestion and reduced passenger/freight rail conflicts improves reliability for both, allowing for better movement of people and goods through the corridor.
Washington benefits from critical infrastructure investments that improve mobility in congested areas along the corridor, create and preserve jobs, foster economic growth, and improve air quality across our state.
- New dispatcher controlled siding to accomodate arrival and departure of unit and freight trains clear of the existing two-track main line;
- Allows passenger and freight trains to move around trains traveling into and out of the Port of Kalama;
- Improves passenger train reliability and accommodates increases in passenger train frequency.
What is the project timeline?
Preliminary engineering and conceptual design work began in early 2012. Environmental studies will begin in early 2013 with final design following in early 2014. Construction is expected to begin at the end of 2014 with the new siding in place by fall of 2017.
WSDOT received federal high speed rail funds from the 2009 Recovery and Reinvestment Act, administered by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) - $34.7 million
How can I get more information?
WSDOT Rail Division
PO Box 47407
Olympia, WA 98504-7407
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